INSECT MEAL the future for aquarium fish foods
Insect meal is a game-changing new ingredient that has a whole host of benefits – both for fish and for the environment.
Fishscience is proud to be at the forefront of developing fish foods with insect meal and has a wide range of both aquarium and pond foods that use this nutritious ingredient. The company was formed with the aim of providing high-quality and environmentally friendly fish foods made from natural ingredients. it was obvious that most of the fish kept in aquariums and ponds are not fish eaters, and yet most of the foods they are given are based on ‘fish meal’. Fishscience wanted to produce foods that recreated the diet fish would eat in the wild and so replaced most of the fish meal with insect meal made from black soldier fly larvae, Hermetia illucens.
What are the benefits of insect meal?
it’s what fish eat. Fish have evolved over millions of years to consume insect larvae and adults. This means they are able to digest and process insect meal very efficiently, resulting in good food conversion rates and less waste, which in turn leads to healthier fish and healthier water.
They like it. Whether it’s the taste or the smell, there’s something about foods made with insect meal that triggers a great feeding response from most fish. even species known to be finicky feeders quickly take to Fishscience foods with insect meal. it’s environmentally friendly and sustainable.
The insect meal used in Fishscience foods is produced in europe, with the black soldier fly larvae being fed on a diet of waste fruit and vegetables, together with other waste organic materials. They are very efficient, with 1kg of insect larvae produced from only 1.5kg of food – and even the waste from this process is used as a soil fertiliser. compare this to fishmeal – in many cases sourced from the sea with a host of environmental issues.
The commitment to natural ingredients in Fishscience foods goes beyond the use of insect meal. Fish can’t make their own colour, but have to consume the pigments as part of their diet. Fishscience foods contain natural ingredients such as paprika, krill, shrimp, spirulina algae, chlorella algae, purple carrot and grass meal to provide these pigments and ensure your fish are as colourful as nature intended.
Fishscience foods also include natural ingredients such as garlic, beta glucans from yeast, and omega oils, all of which support the fish’s immune system and enable it to function effectively.
Fishscience products are trialled by leading aquarists before being released for general sale. input from both these aquarists and specialist fishkeeping societies ensures the foods deliver great results, which is supported by the numbers of prize-winning fish that are fed on Fishscience foods.
Fishscience foods are available in over 300 stores across the UK. For more details on the products and stockists, follow Fishscience on Facebook @ Fishscience or go to fishscience.co.uk
BELOW: Fishscience foods are environmentally friendly and sustainable.
ABOVE: Foods made from insect meal trigger a great feeding response from most fish.